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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nothing is Better Than Summer Food for Good Cause & Miso Butter Baked Fish


Thanks so much to the great blogger friends who checked on me - I really appreciate it! I'm sorry I was away. The reason is that I have been procrastinating on to-do lists over the last 4 days and was out doing outdoor activities the whole weekend. Is it a good excuse or a bummer? (wink). It's good to do nothing once in a while and I enjoyed the time with friends. I pretty much ignored what was waiting for me to finish. Well, not quite. I had done stuff but avoided internet or computer related tasks. It's amazing how our lives fill up so fast in 24 hrs, isn't it?

As you know from the last post, last weekend my friends and I prepared and served food to about 50 NAAAP-Seattle members. It was such a fun experience and great time hanging out with friends. We went grocery shopping on Friday evening and we did good on our budget. Yippee! We spent the whole Saturday afternoon to prepare and get everything ready for the next morning. I first didn't think it would take long to prepare, so we decided to have friends over for a BBQ earlier that day. Man, it was a lot  more work than I expected. After the hang-out, I recruited all the friends came that day to help out. They must have felt like they were trapped hahaha.

Some of the Prep Team
My great helper of the day
I decided to make vermicelli salad, potato salad, grilled tofu and chicken teriyaki sandwiches, and miso butter with red wine vinegar baked fish. The food is simple and easy to make but to prepare for 50 people was an underestimated task.

A sandwich station - vinegar carrots and cucumber, fresh cilantro, chopped jalapenos

Included among the picnickers were 41st District State Senator Randy Gordon, King County Assessor Lloyd Hara, and 11th District State Representative Bob Hasegawa. We received really good feedback and that made us really happy. They were really surprised when we told them everything was homemade. We put a lot of care to it! (smile) I can't thank my friends enough for all the support to finish this task. The event detail was mentioned here. We were able to recruit 15 new members that day.

Baked fish is the star for the event. I realized seafood looked elegant in people's mind and the little pouch made it easy to cook, eat, and clean-up. Plus, it's super easy to prepare! Here are some photos from the event. For more photos, please stop by I Just Love My Apron page on Facebook, or here

Vermicelli salad: vinegar pickled carrots and pickled sliced cucumber, vermicelli, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, green onions, roasted peanuts, and homemade dressing. Dressing is composed of fish sauce, rice vinegar, lime juice, sugar, garlic, garlic chili sauce, water, and a little of vegetable oil

Red potato salad

Potato salad: red potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, chopped celery, shredded carrots, minced parsley, chopped green onions, and homemade dressing. Dressing is composed of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, capers, black pepper, and red wine vinegar

Grilled chicken teriyaki sandwich: grilled marinated overnight chicken, vinegar pickled carrots and sliced cucumber, cilantro and jalapenos put on a roll and topped with teriyaki sauce.

The sauce recipe can be found here - Spicy Tofu Teriyaki with Ramen Noodles by leaving out garlic chili sauce and Sriracha

Photo by Julie Pham
Photo by King Li

Since the baked fish was a star, I decided to share my own recipe on this post as well. It will be your crowd pleaser!

Miso Butter with Red Wine Vinegar Cured Rockfish

1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup white miso paste
2 tsp red wine vinegar
rockfish or cod or any kind of white flaky fish fillets
Shitake mushroom, sliced
chopped green onions
Foil, about 8x11" or large enough to cover the fillet

  • Wisk butter and miso paste together until mixed and create a smooth paste. If you prepare large amount for a lot of people, please use a hand mixer to mix
  • Add red wine vinegar little by little until you find a right taste for you. In this recipe, I added 2 tsp
  • Clean and pat dry your fish fillets
  • Prepare foil shiny side down, and spread miso butter over with a thin layer. Don't put it too much as it's salty itself. Refer to above photo.
  • Place a fish fillet on the spread, spread more miso butter on the fish. Top with a few slices of Shitake mushroom and chopped green onions
  • Fold, cling it to make a pouch
  • Leave it in a fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight if possible
  • Grill at 375 F for 5 mins or until it's cooked through. No need to flip.
  • Enjoy the aroma scent and flavor!
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Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I have never purchased miso but this looks so good, I need to buy me some miso asap! And yay for the good work you do in your community!

Pacheco Patty said...

The prep team looks like they're having fun and all the food looks delicious. Thanks for your miso baked fish recipe, it looks so simple and good! Congratulations on your volunteer work and the success of your event:-)

Chef Dennis said...

I've used miso for a soup but never for anything makes great sense to use for sauces or marinades!
looks like you had a lot of great food fro the event.....thanks for giving us a look at your fun!

roxan said...

T - Great job with the event! You should start a catering company. It's awesome that you're involved with this organization. I always "say" i'm going to get involved with organizations like this but then get to selfish and lazy (boo, I know).

All the food looks great! I will definitely be using your fish recipe, my husband would love it. And good for you to take a break, especially after cooking up a storm for the event.

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Looks like a wonderful event. Great food spread. Especially the miso butter baked fish. Marvelous recipe.

Bravo for all the good work you do!

lequan@luvtoeat said...

What a successful and beautiful event Tanantha! Looks like the weather cooperated as well, rare for Seattle right? All the food looks wonderful! Such a wise choice to go with pouched fish. Like you said, easy clean up and healthy too. Thank you for sharing your fish recipe, it looks and sounds yumms! I don't cook with miso paste much but now I have a great reason to.

Monet said...

I agree! What a wonderful event. Congratulations on pulling everything off with such beauty and grace. I would have been thrilled to taste some of the dishes you prepared, and I'm glad you posted your recipe for baked fish. I love miso, and I can only imagine how good a miso butter must taste!

Kath said...

Congratulations on your successful event, and thanks for the beautiful fish recipe. What a great way to grill fish!

Biren said...

The miso butter sounds really good. Glad to hear the event was a success :)

Magic of Spice said...

Great job on your recruits...Such a great event, and the food...oh my.Why was I not invited:) The last with the fish and recipe, splendid!

Stella said...

Hey Tanantha, I can't believe you fed so many people-that's awesome. You got the skills to pay the bills, Tanantha (smile)!
The food looks wonderful too. I want a big piece of miso butter baked fish with some of those sandwich aromatics/toppings with it. Hey, can I ask you what type of miso you use?

Julie M. said...

Wow! This looks like some lunch and a really good excuse for taking a few days off. The food looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us and welcome back to the blog!

Foodessa said...

Now...that's what I call a spread from the heart.
It all looks so amazingly well organized and generous.
You seemed to have a very successful day.
Fantastic work on your part.

Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Brilliant use of miso! Would have loved to get my teeth around that! So glad you got to do some good work and that the event was a success :)

Liv Wan said...

Ohhh....those food looks great and so so so yummy. I wish I was there. sigh....

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog. I love the pictures...makes me want to lick the screen...but I'm in Starbucks!

Spicie Foodie said...

Bravo to you and your friends for doing this! We should all be more like you. The photos look delicious and the recipe sounds yummy!

Emily said...

I love the selection of the food - healthy and unconventional. That's what I called a feast! :) It seems like whole lot of fun and food. Too bad I live too far away. :P

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